In the third installment of the 2018 Type R Challenge, the new FK8 Civic Type R has set a new lap record at the Silverstone circuit in England at the hands of British Touring Car Champion, Matt Neal.
The Civic Type R set a time of 2 mins 31.32 secs, a new lap record for a front-wheel drive production vehicle around the 5.8 km Grand Prix circuit. Previous record-breaking feats so far have taken place at the legendary Nurburgring race track, Magny-Cours circuit in France and more recently at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
“Where I found the real advantage of the Type R was really in the high-speed corners – the stability which is a combination of the aero and the new advanced suspension system. Into corners like Copse and Stowe at the end of the Hangar straight, you can carry big entry speed with supreme confidence,” said driver Matt Neal.
“There isn’t just one point that makes this Type R the best in its class – it’s across the board. It’s a completely new platform from the ground up compared to its predecessors and Honda have scrutinised and improved every area from the stability of the handling with the multi-link suspension, the aero, the centre of gravity which is lower, it’s wider, it’s longer, the feedback the driver gets through the steering, the power delivery of the engine – it’s a step forward in every direction”, he added.
The driver line-up for the remaining 2018 Type R Challenge circuit record attempts includes former Formula 1 World Champion and current NSX Super GT driver Jenson Button (UK) and WTCR driver Tiago Monteiro (Portugal).